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Everybody wants some of Richard Linklater’s next movie. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne are in talks to join “Last Flag Flying,” a spiritual successor to 1973’s “The Last Detail” directed by Hal Ashby. Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid and Otis Young starred in the moving adaptation of Darryl Ponsican’s novel of the same name, about two members of the Navy showing a third a good time while escorting him to prison for petty crime. Ponsican published “Last Flag Flying” in 2005.
Linklater’s interest in the project began shortly after, and he originally wanted to reunite Nicholson and Quaid (both of whom scored Oscar nominations); Young passed away in 2001, so Morgan Freeman was eyed to take his place. “Last Flag Flying” catches up with the main trio later in life, »
- Michael Nordine
In the movie world, the difference between success and failure will always be measured, to a degree, at the box office. But that can’t be the only measure. What follows is a semi-objective (as in: let’s tote up a few numbers and see what they mean) and critically subjective (as in: here’s what was good, whether or not it made money) compilation of the highlights and lowlights of the 2016 summer movie season. Please feel free to agree, disagree, or call out your own favorites and duds.
Winner: The way to get animated Twenty-one years ago, the launch of Pixar didn’t just herald the age of digital animation. It kicked off a renaissance in mainstream animated filmmaking that, miraculously, has only grown. Nearly all of these films are products for children, yet it’s an exhilarating paradox that the best of them are defined by what we »
- Owen Gleiberman
Note: With Southside With You in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival. Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise has sparked dozens of imitations, some better than others, but Southside With You is almost certainly the first time it’s inspired a biopic based on a sitting U.S. president. Written and directed by Richard Tanne, the gentle […]
- Angie Han
Bercot to become the first female director to open San Sebastian.
Emmanuelle Bercot’s 150 Milligrams (La fille de Brest) is to receive its European premiere as the opening film of the 64th San Sebastian film festival (Sept 16-24) - making it the first film directed by a woman to open the festival since its launch in 1952.
Based on Irène Frachon’s autobiographical book Mediator 150mg, the film centres on a doctor who discovered the direct relationship between a drug and a number of suspicious deaths, and sets out to reveal the truth.
Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen) and French actor Benoît Magimel (La Haine) star in the film, which will world premiere at Toronto before going on to play in competition for the Golden Shell at San Sebastian.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
James + Semaj is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them. But a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry—where writers review other writer’s books—the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me. »
- James Franco
“Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny” is a fun, wily, and infectious portrait-of-the-artist documentary, filled with things we haven’t seen before (there’s a ton of footage of Linklater on the set), crafted with a deep curiosity about the mysterious, ever-changing nature of how movies actually get made. The film starts by going back to the halcyon indie days of 1991 and replaying the opening minutes of “Slacker” — a sequence that features the director himself, though no one knew it at the time. He’s a talky young guy in a loose-fitting green T-shirt, with dreamy eyes and a quasi-’70s bowl cut, who climbs into a taxi cab and starts waxing poetic to the driver (who greets his words with stone-cold indifference) about how if he had decided to walk or hitch a ride instead, he might have been inside a different reality. In that one, he could have met »
- Owen Gleiberman
Even devoted fans of filmmaker Richard Linklater might question the need for Louis Black’s bio-doc Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny. Only in his mid-50s—and arguably at the peak of his career after the major awards and box office success of 2014’s Boyhood—the writer-director has so much work left to do that a retrospective feels premature. Also, Linklater has hardly ever been circumspect about how his own past has informed his films. He’s an articulate and gregarious interview subject and someone who’s drawn heavily from the details of his own life in his Slacker, Dazed And Confused, Before Sunrise, Waking Life, Boyhood, and Everybody Wants Some. In fact, there have already been two movies made about Linklater: 2014’s 21 Years (about his career up to Boyhood) and 2013’s Double Play (about his relationship with pioneering structuralist filmmaker James Benning). There wouldn’t seem »
- Noel Murray
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Psycholinguists call the opening gag of It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Don Hertzfeldt’s delightful hour-long feature, a blend. Bill, a black-on-white stick figure whose only distinctive feature is his top hat, is on his way to the bus stop when he sees someone he recognizes but whose name he doesn’t remember. »
- The Film Stage
Seeing a movie is usually a pretty safe bet for a first date. But what about the people in the movie that are going on dates themselves? They’re either having the best date of their lives or the worst, so your own date will almost definitely lie somewhere in the middle.
This week, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates hits big screens, and Zac Efron and Adam DeVine get in over their heads with their own bad dates. Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza also star as the women that respond to an online ad looking for wedding dates. Needless to say, this movie looks like it will go down in the worst movie dates hall of fame. Check out the list below!
Good: Before Sunrise (1995)
- Sasha James and Amanda Wood
Cinematic trilogies tend to be epic in scope: “The Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” “A Fistful of Dollars.” Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy — 1995’s “Before Sunrise,” 2004’s “Before Sunset” and 2013’s “Before Midnight” — is an exception to that and many other rules, not least because it was never actually intended as a trilogy. The films simply come about one every decade or so, each of them feeling organic and necessary rather than tacked-on additions to a once-perfect story. In a new video, the parallels among the three films are laid out simultaneously.
Lasting just over a minute long, “Three Chapters, One Lifetime” shows how any number of elements from the trilogy repeat themselves: shots of stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke walking and talking, shots of Delpy and Hawke…sitting and talking. »
- Michael Nordine
Fortitude International has released a first look photo from The Bachelors.
The movie stars Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Terminator Genisys, Juno), Golden Globe and Oscar nominee Julie Delpy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset), Josh Wiggins (Hellion, Max, Lost In The Sun) and Odeya Rush (Upcoming Hunter’S Prayer, The Giver, Goosebumps)
Hoping for a fresh start, a widower and his 17-year-old son move from a small northern California town to Los Angeles, where a new job, a new school, a wry old friend and two extraordinary women play a transformative role in the reshaping of their lives.
Fortitude is handling international rights to the film in Cannes.
The comedy drama is written and directed by Kurt Voelker (Sweet November, Park) and produced by Matthew Baer (Unbroken, Maggie, City By The Sea), George Parra (Joy, The Descendants, Silver Linings Playbook), and Windowseat Entertainment’s Joe McKelheer (Barely Lethal, The Hammer) and Bill Kiely (Chasing Giants, »
- Michelle McCue
Nothing much happens, but that’s the point in this beautifully observed exploration of what it’s like to be young and male
In his Before Sunrise movies, Richard Linklater got audiences to hang out with people who were talkative, idle, interested in sex and clever. In Everybody Wants Some!!, he gets you to hang out with people who are talkative, idle, interested in sex and, erm, not quite as clever as all that. Yet it is a deceptively subtle comedy, and also a challengingly and almost provokingly unironic film intensifying and cartoonifying what it is like to be young and male, but quite without the obviously readable drama and poignancy of his earlier film Boyhood, that now legendary real-time movie tracking a young man’s growing pains.
A bunch of corn-fed sports jocks are on baseball scholarships at a Texas college some time in the 1980s, macho, sex-obsessed and as innocent as children. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Film which follows the presidential couple on their first date through Chicago’s South Side in the late 80s has already received positive reviews
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- Benjamin Lee
"Pretty good setting to bring a girl..." Roadside Attractions has debuted a fantastic trailer for Southside with You, the film from Sundance this year that retells Barack Obama's first date in Chicago in 1989. Parker Sawyers plays Obama, and Tika Sumpter plays Michelle Robinson, and they're perfect together in this - they have chemistry that just works wonders. The film is being compared to Before Sunrise and you'll see why with this trailer - there are many gorgeous shots of them strolling around Chicago, and it has that magical romantic feeling every frame. It's a wonderful film - read my Sundance review. Don't miss this. Here's the first official trailer for Richard Tanne's Southside with You, direct from YouTube: Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, Southside with You recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried »
- Alex Billington
Exclusive: Ethan Hawke is one of those few actors who can segue comfortably between playing the sensitive guy (Before Sunrise, Reality Bites) and man at his most primal (the upcoming The Magnificent Seven, Training Day). In The Phenom, the four-time Oscar-nominated actor portrays an ex-con father, whose tough love has turned into a head game for his major league pitcher son Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons). When the rookie is demoted to the minor leagues, he looks to an… »
Richard Linklater has enjoyed an enviably idiosyncratic career since his 1991 Sundance breakout "Slacker." He's moved through a wide range of budgets and subjects, from animated "Waking Life" and the walking and talking, Oscar-nominated "Before Sunrise" series to "Dazed and Confused." Back in 1993 Universal couldn't figure out how to sell a Texas coming-of-age film with a young indie filmmaker and no-name cast (including Ben Affleck and Matthew "all right, all right" McConaughey) at the box office. "Dazed and Confused" eventually emerged as a cult midnight movie that stayed in theaters for over a year as well as a double Platinum album and homevideo classic that keeps selling new DVD and Blu-ray editions. Linklater estimates that finally Universal made more than $50 million on the film. After Linklater made commercial hit "School of Rock" in 2003 at Paramount, the studio developed the 1980 Austin college comedy »
- Anne Thompson
R-rated local thriller “Insane” debuted on top of the Korean box office, ousting “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Earning $2.6 million from 355,000 admissions between Thursday and Sunday, the picture accounted for 30% of the total weekend box office.
“Insane” recounts the story of a woman taken to a psychiatric hospital against her will in broad daylight.
“Zootopia” remained in second. The Walt Disney animation made $1.59 million between Friday and Sunday, extending its total to $26.7 million after eight weekends.
Opening on Thursday, newcomers “10 Cloverfield Lane,” “Eddie the Eagle” and “Trumbo” landed in third, fourth and sixth places, respectively. Distributed by Lotte Entertainment, “Cloverfield” earned $1.7 million over four days. “Eddie” scored $985,000. “Trumbo” earned $233,000.
“Batman v Superman” tumbled to fifth, with a drop of 70%. The superhero movie earned $781,000 between Friday and Sunday, for a total of $15.9 million after three weekends.
Re-released after 20 years, “Before Sunrise” opened in seventh. The melodrama earned $157,000 between Thursday and Sunday. »
- Sonia Kil
If I had to estimate how many times I’ve seen Richard Linklater’s Dazed & Confused since it was released in 1993, I’d be willing to bet it’s over three dozen by now. I adore the film, and it’s one of those movies that has grown over time for me. The more I’ve gone back to it, the longer I’ve lived with it, the more I’ve found in it. That movie has a cast that was largely unknown at the time but that has gone on to look almost overstuffed with star power. It is a remarkable ensemble, and even the kids who didn’t go on to further work or bigger stardom did work that has aged beautifully. I never got around to seeing a trailer for this one. In fact, it almost feels like Paramount’s sneaking it out. It just premiered at SXSW, »
- Drew McWeeny
It was just about two years ago when filmmaker Richard Linklater finally unveiled his long brewing passion project Boyhood to the world and finally became the awards magnet that many thought he would eventually turn into. The thing about Linklater is, no matter what he’s currently up to, he has something very different planned, so while Boyhood was a prestige outing, not far from the Before trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight), what he has coming to us this week is a spiritual sequel to his stoner classic Dazed and Confused. Yes, I’m talking about Everybody Wants Some, though for this piece, I’m really just focusing on Linklater himself. He’s as fascinating a director as there is in the business, so it’s always a pleasure to look at his filmography and talents, no question there. I’m seeing Linklater’s new film Everybody Wants Some later on today, »
- Joey Magidson
Starting with 1995's "Before Sunrise," Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke have formed a deep creative, collaborative bond, turning that first picture into a trilogy, and working on a variety of pictures from the Oscar nominated, indie smash hit "Boyhood" to the down-and-dirty, underrated "Tape." And like anyone who works together over the years, there are always projects that manage to slip away, and a particularly interesting one eluded the pair over a decade ago. While Hawke is currently in theaters playing jazz legend Chet Baker in "Born To Be Blue" (our review), in a recent chat on "Wtf with Marc Maron," Hawke reveals that many years ago, he had worked with Linklater on a different biopic focusing on another era of the artist's life. "I was here in La one time, and Brad Pitt apparently dropped out of some Chet Baker project. This is about fifteen, sixteen years ago. And »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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